The Internet used well is a powerful and immediate tool for parents who need support, but you'll need to do more than just Google “Type 1 Diabetes.” There are sites, blogs, chat rooms, and information centers that can cover every angle of diabetes, and even a few you might not want to cover.
The JDRF's Online Diabetes Support Team
For a nearly immediate response to any diabetes questions or requests for support, click on
The program must work. Since it's inception in 2002, the ODST has responded to more than 10,000 online support requests, and their average response time hovers at just about twenty-four hours. Some respond within an hour. Furthermore, they don't just talk to the newly diagnosed: Every age has its issues, and the ODST is there to help.
Once you've taken advantage of the ODST, they will leave it up to you if you want to reach out for in-person support or find out more about JDRF. There's no obligation, just support.
Children with Diabetes Web Site
Another great online resource is the Children with Diabetes Web site, or
Other Web Sites
Although these two sites are the giants of online support for Type 1 diabetes and parents, there are others that offer some basics. The American Diabetes Association's Web site,
The best way to use the Internet is for your first outreach effort and then to keep up-to-date and in touch with other parents and on other new issues. Online support is an excellent resource that, partnered with some in-person support, can help parents feel as though they're not alone.